You may have spotted a familiar local face on TV show Ready Steady Cook recently!
That’s because Janet Rees from Culcheth and her sister Anne Marie Collins from Brecon were recently among the contestants, teaming up with celebrity chefs to rustle up meals under the watchful eye of host Rylan Clark-Neal.
Janet, who is a a former nurse and member of the Three Towns Choir, was taken by surprise when her daughters, Hannah and Rachel, applied for them to take part in the show.
After the initial shock the sisters decided it would be a lovely thing to do in memory of their Mum, Mrs Ceridwen Lewis, who taught them how to cook.
Mrs Lewis suffered with Alzheimer’s for several years and sadly passed away with Coronavirus shortly after her 90th birthday.
After many Zoom interviews, the sisters won their place on the show and travelled to Glasgow for recording in February, and the show was aired on 3 March.
Janet was partnered with Greek Chef, Akis Petretzikis on the red tomato team and Anne with Irish chef, Anna Haugh as part of the green pepper team.
Janet presented Akis with lemon sole, sweet potato, peas and raspberries. Together they produced a slant on fish and chips accompanied by a lemon butter sauce, caramelised shallots and pea clafoutis (basically, a sweet Yorkshire pudding!) For the delicious dessert, lemon curd with raspberries and flamed meringue.
Judging chefs gave an overwhelming WIN for Janet and Akis complimenting them on their dishes and excellent teamwork.
Janet said: “ It was an amazing experience and to be able to have a lovely train journey outside our own area during these restricted times.”
And, being a seasoned performer with The Three Towns Society, Janet was unphased by the make-up and lights at Ready Steady Cook – it felt like a home from home!
What are The Three Towns up to next?
The Three Towns Society usually perform a musical every year in May at St. Joseph’s Hall, Leigh, with further shows in the autumn. Their programme has been disrupted by COVID, but they’re now busy cooking up an extravaganza of a concert for this year, with an exciting menu of foot-tapping favourites planned for 19 & 20 November. For more information, visit their website.